Love Our Oceans

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June 8th is the United Nations World Oceans Day. For over 30 years, communities around the world have come together on this day to celebrate, and inspire action to steward our world’s oceans. In 2008, led by Canada, the UN General Assembly formally resolved that 8 June would be designated by the United Nations as “World Oceans Day”. 

The Sunshine Coast Conservation Association (SCCA) started hosting World Oceans Day events to raise awareness of the issues faces our oceans in 2014. We started off with citizen science events, grew into the Sechelt Oceans Day events. 

In 2021, as the pandemic weighed heavily on the world, we teamed up with the inspiring Billie Carroll and RhizomeUp! Media to create a week-long online Oceans Festival… to “dive in, explore and connect” to protect our ocean. 

The SCCA is so thrilled to announce that we have added the Sunshine Coast Arts Council and Rogue Fest as our festival partners in 2024! 

Our Sunshine Coast Ocean Festival includes online and in person feature length and short films including engagements with filmmakers; our Nemo talks series, with up to five expert talks and Q&A about marine conservation initiatives in our region; and local citizen science and marine education activities

We acknowledge funding and in-kind support for the Festival from the District of Sechelt, Sunshine Coast Regional District, Sunshine Coast Credit Union, BC Government, and the Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition and design by Billie Carroll, and a handful of generous donors.

We are so grateful to all those who support our events, from the festival team to the volunteers, all our sponsors and contributors and presenters!

From the United Nations

Awaken New Depths
2024 United Nations World Oceans Day Celebration

.Virtual presentation Friday, June 7 · 7 – 10:30am PDT. Register for the event.

The ocean sustains humanity and all life on earth. Nonetheless, despite our utter reliance on it, we have only ever explored ~10%. While we know little of the ocean compared to its immense vastness, what we do know is that the consequences of our actions are evident throughout its waters. The knowledge on the ocean’s dire state is clear. Still, each year humanity continues to make shallow and short-sighted decisions that further the likelihood of the ocean’s, as well as our own, demise.

We don’t have time for “out of sight, out of mind.” 
Our relationship to the ocean needs to urgently change, and our efforts have only skimmed the surface to date. To motivate widespread momentum for the ocean, we need to awaken new depths.

Why Ocean Matters

The world’s oceans – their temperature, chemistry, currents and life – drive global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind. Our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of our food, and even the oxygen in the air we breathe, are all ultimately provided and regulated by the sea. Throughout history, oceans and seas have been vital conduits for trade and transportation.

Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future. However, at the current time, there is a continuous deterioration of coastal waters owing to pollution and ocean acidification, which has an adversarial effect on the functioning of ecosystems and biodiversity. This is also negatively impacting small scale fisheries.

Marine protected areas need to be effectively managed and well-resourced and regulations need to be put in place to reduce overfishing, marine pollution and ocean acidification.

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